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The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story - Helmoed Romer Heitman

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This publication is a “must read” for everyone in uniform as well as those charged with decision-making in the South African military, particularly the SA National Defence Force’s political masters.Written by top South African defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, “The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story” gives an insight into just how bravely the outnumbered contingent of South African...

Executive Outcomes: Against All Odds - Eeben Barlow (Revised Edition)

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Executive Outcomes was already well known to several governments and private corporations before it exploded into controversy in 1993 after entering into a contract with Angola’s FAA to train a brigade-level force to decisively end their decades-old conflict with UNITA. It was also well known to those involved in fermenting conflicts in order to topple African governments with a view...

KOEVOET: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway

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This is the story of one of the world's most effective Special Forces units told by the men who served in it. Breaking with conventional military thinking, the South African Police created Koevoet by refining the concept of the counter-insurgency group pioneered in Rhodesia during the Bush War in order to provide up-to-date intelligence about an elusive enemy. Now at...

A Greater Share Of Honour: The Memoirs Of A Recce Officer - Major Jack Greeff

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As a young Staff Sergeant in the Recces, Jack Greeff became one of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF. Leading two-man reconnaissance patrols deep into enemy held territories and operating under the noses of the enemy, they collected vital strategic information on enemy movements and installations.  Using the information gathered, he led raiding parties to the targets to execute...

Journey Without Boundaries: The Operational Life & Experiences Of A SA Special Forces Small Team Operator - Col Andre Diedericks

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This is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man. An honestly told story of his military career, of a man who was twice decorated for valour, who pioneered and developed the concept of "small team reconnaissance" within the South African Special Forces. He was a consummate warrior and gentleman and has told his story with humility and a disarming sense...

SPECIAL FORCES: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway & Douw Steyn

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True to the nature of Special Forces, the South African Recces started small but had a big impact. This iconic group went on to gain international renown as one of the world’s finest, focusing on counter-insurgency, strategic reconnaissance, sabotage and direct action. SASF SPECIAL FORCES provides a comprehensive account of the origins and history of this famous group as told...

SPECIAL AIR SERVICE: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway

R 2,500.00

Until now little has been known about the Rhodesian contribution to the history of the SAS. Now at last the men themselves tell their own stories of the exploits of that Special Forces unit during the Bush War and the years before. SAS Rhodesia provides a comprehensive account of the origins and history of this famous Special Forces unit, as told...

A Handful of Hard Men: The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia - Hannes Wessels

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During the West’s great transition into the post-Colonial age, the country of Rhodesia refused to succumb quietly and throughout the 1970s fought back almost alone against Communist-supported elements that it did not believe would deliver proper governance. During this long war many heroes emerged, but none more skilful and courageous than Captain Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, who placed...

"Mad Mike"Hoare: The Legend - Chris Hoare

R 750.00

Colonel Mike Hoare led 300 ‘Wild Geese’ across the Congo to crush a communist rebellion, rescue 2000 nuns and priests from barbarity, beat Che Guevara … and become a legend. Of Irish blood, Mike was schooled in England and, during World War 2, was the ‘best bloody soldier in the British Army’. He demobbed as major, qualified in London as...

We Fear Naught But God: The Pictorial Edition of the South African Special Forces - Paul J Els

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The first ever Special Forces for the SADF started with a small group of eleven men under the command of Commandant Jan Breytenbach all handpicked by him in 1970. They commenced their training in Oudtshoorn and all 11 men did specialised courses in something they were not qualified for in as yet. e.g. divers, demolition, parachute jumping. etc. The group...

Battle On The Lomba 1987: A Crew Commander's Account - David Mannall

R 550.00

The climactic death-throes of Soviet Communism during the 1980's included a last-gasp attempt at strategic franchise expansion in Southern Africa. Channelled through Castro's Cuba, oil-rich Angolan armed forces (FAPLA) received billions of dollars of advanced weaponry including MiG 23 and Sukhoi fighter jets, SAM 8 missile systems and thousands of armoured vehicles. Their   intent - to eradicate the US-backed Angolan opposition...

Iron Fist From The Sea: South Africa's Seaborne Raiders 1978-1988 - Douw Steyn & Arnè Söderlund

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This seminal work documents the clandestine seaborne operations undertaken by South Africa’s 4 Reconnaissance Commando Regiment. It breathtakingly reveals the versatility and effectiveness of this elite unit which worked with a range of other South African and Rhodesian forces, including the Rhodesian SAS, to engage in a range of raiding and war fighting activities. These operations saw the clandestine reconnaissance...

Operation Askari 1983/84: War Journal - Dawid Lotter

R 280.00

Operation Askari, December 1983 and January 1984, was the end of the beginning of the Bush War. Due to increasing instability in Angola, since 1975, the South African Defence Force was galvanized into developing new weapon systems and tactics. Operation Askari was the sixth largescale cross-border operation into Angola and signified a clear watershed in both military and political policies...

SPINE OF DELTA: Reflections on Operation Askari 1983/84 - Dawid Lotter

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Ops Askari was a large-scale, cross-border, mechanised operation launched by the South African Defence Force in November 1983. As is the nature with an assault like this, the constituent parts of Ops Askari was a complex blend of fighting men and support personnel from different Defence Force corps and combat disciplines. This account does not strive to recount the exploits...

Border War Badges: A Guide to South African Military & Police Badges (1964 - 1994) - Andrew Dinnes

R 450.00

This book covers South Africa, South West Africa and the Homelands Military and Police metal and cloth badges, flashes, stable belt buckles, buttons and brassards. The time frame is 1964-1994. There are 5969 actual full colour photographs of these items as well as descriptions on all items. This is a must have for Militaria collectors as well as all who...

The Fading Light - John Gartner

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The Fading Light: Memories of a Professional Soldier's Five Decades of War and Conflict in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. An Australian former Special Forces soldier describes his experiences and recollections of war and civil disturbance across continents and areas of conflict, interspersed with insights into the nature and character of his various employers, and insightful analysis of the...

Eagle Strike: The Story of the Controversial Airborne Assault on Cassinga 1978 - Col Jan Breytenbach

R 700.00

This is the story of an audacious, airborne assault, on 4 May 1978, on a SWAPO fortified base containing its military headquarters, logistical support, reserves and training facilities. The assault was supported by a very strong air strike by bombers and fighters as well as by air transport to drop the paratroopers into battle in one of the major, post...

Recce: A Collector's Guide To The History Of The South African Special Forces - Paul Matthysen, Matthew Kalkwarf & Michael Huxtable

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The quintessential professional-prepared to die for his country, but not trained to ... this is the elite 'Recce' soldier This book has been some 15 years in the making and can claim, with some justification, to be the definitive publication on the 'Recces', unlikely to be topped for many, many years. The South African Special Forces have invariably been portrayed...

Buried Behind The Wall - The Story Of Some Ordinary Soldiers Doing Extraordinary Things (DVD)

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This is a feature length documentary film about South Africa’s “Bush War”, which involved almost 600 000 white male conscripts. The film is told by soldiers who were actually there, on the front line. It is not a political statement nor is it a comprehensive historical blow by blow account. This film aims to look at the personal experiences of conscripts, citizen force...

Koevoet!: Experiencing South Africa's Deadly Bush War - Jim Hooper

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Koevoet! has been an global bestseller since its release over 20 years ago. This new edition goes far beyond the original in capturing the courage, fear and intensity of South Africa's deadly bush war. Never before had an outsider been given unrestricted access to Koevoet, the elite South West African Police counterinsurgency unit - also known as Operation K and...

Gunship Over Angola: The Story of a Maverick Pilot - Steve Joubert

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Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970's. As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent...

Bush War Operator: Memoirs of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts and Beyond - Andrew Balaam

R 550.00

From the searing heat of the Zambezi Valley to the freezing cold of the Chimanimani Mountains in Rhodesia, from the bars in Port St Johns in the Transkei to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, this is the story of one man's fight against terror, and his conscience. Anyone living in Rhodesia during the 1960s and 1970s would have had...

Combat: South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier (Hardcover) - Al J. Venter

R 750.00

Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadron which converted Dakota aircraft into flying gun platforms similar to those used in America's war in South-East Asia. He also has American nuclear specialist David Albright -...

The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 - Leopold Scholtz

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 26 The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 In the broad history of the Cold War, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was the climax of a far-off, but nonetheless important African war. It was waged between the apartheid South African Defence Force (SADF) and the armed forces of the communist MPLA government in Angola...

Mobile Warfare for Africa: On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond - (Roland de Vries, Camille Burger & Willem Steenkamp)

R 750.00

Presenting a remarkable amount of experience drawing primarily from South Africa’s Border War in the form of case studies, supported fully by an extensive number of photographs and specially commissioned maps, this study has applications for historians, researchers, and contemporary military practice.This is an easy-to-read book with many real-life case-studies and examples which presents a yardstick for the enhancement of...

Specialised Cooking: THE RECCE WAY (Justin Vermaak & Douw Steyn)

R 350.00

Vulture soup, anyone? Or how about diesel-dipped dog biscuits as a side to some fried python? If you prefer something less severe, then how about having a braai on top of a submarine out in the middle of the ocean? The South African Special Forces, or Recces, are known for being fearless and tough. Not only must they pass a...

Surviving The Ride - Steve Camp & Helmoed Heitman

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Ever wanted to know how South Africa became a world leader in the field of mine-protected vehicles? How about the many prototypes developed in secrecy by South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, in defiance of the UN-led international arms embargo against the country? You probably didn’t know that in the past 40 years South Africa has developed and manufactured over 200 different mine-protected vehicles and their...

The Saints: The Story Of The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alex Binda

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At last! The history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. We’ve seen the stories of the more ‘glamorous’ Selous Scouts, the SAS and the Rhodesian Air Force, but very little about the RLI, often underrated, but arguably one of the most effective counter-insurgency units of all time. This was the unit that brought the ‘Fireforce’ concept to the world’s attention - the...

Paratus: Nov 1970 to April 1994 (Digital Magazines on USB Drive)

R 600.00

Paratus - (Digital Magazines on USB Drive) Paratus was the SADF's official magazine from November 1970 up to April 1994, a total of 281 magazines. We've attempted to preserve these historical magazines and although initially printed on the least expensive and least durable paper, a high quality digital reproduction, scanned at 300dpi, is now available.  Format: PDF.  We acknowledge Walter...

Four Ball, One Tracer: Commanding Executive Outcomes In Angola And Sierra Leone - Roelf van Heerden as told to Andrew Hudson

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Brutally honest and devoid of hyperbole, this is Roelf van Heerden's Executive Outcomes. / Unapologetic, unassuming and forthright, the combat exploits of Executive Outcomes (EO) in Angola and Sierra Leone are recounted for the first time by a battlefield commander who was physically on the ground during all their major combat operations. From fighting UNITA for the critical oil installations...

Beyond No Mean Soldier: The Explosive Recollections of a Former Special Forces Operator - Peter McAleese

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Peter McAleese needs little introduction... His classic book No Mean Soldier was an immediate bestseller and set the bar for the modern military memoir. Few have since met its match. This completely revised and expanded edition sees a philosophical McAleese revisiting his time with Britain's Parachute Regiment, the SAS, Rhodesia's SAS and the South African Defence Force's 44 Para Brigade. Oh,...

Shred When Read - Michael Bowery

R 300.00

This work is a serious, non-fictional autobiography, which inter alia is an expose of the times and personalities involved during the thirty years the author spent in covert operations with the Nationalist Party government of South Africa from 1966. The author’s targets during this period included Soviet and Cuban political and military activity in Southern Africa and those of the...

First In Last Out - The South African Artillery In Action 1975 - 1988 - Clive Wilsworth

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This work covers all operations of the Border War in which the South African gunners took part, starting in early 1975 when a young second lieutenant was seconded to train UNITA troops in Angola on US 4.2-inch mortars - through Operation Savannah, the first operation, to the last rounds that were fired in June 1988 against the Cuban 80th Division...

1 RECCE: Die Nag Behoort Aan Ons - Alexander Strachan

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1-Recce was die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenheid in die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse weermag. Dié manne was superfiks, bomenslik taai en het vir niks gestuit nie. Hulle het telkens hul lewens op die spel geplaas in die uitvoering van hoogs geheime operasies agter vyandelike linies. Dekades lank is oor al dié hoogs geheime sendings geswyg. Nou, vir die eerste keer, openbaar die Recce's se groot...

Die Roem en die Rou: Stories agter Honoris Crux - Dr At van Wyk

R 295.00

Die Roem en die Rou: Stories agter Honoris Crux het in 2008 die eerste keer verskyn as 'n keur uit vertellings wat dekades gelede verskyn het in At van Wyk se twee boeke, Honoris Crux: Ons Dapperes / Our Brave en Honoris Crux II. Ook inligting wat destyds as te sensitief vir publikasie beskou is, is hierin opgeneem. Hierdie heruitgawe...

The Search For Puma 164: Operation Uric And The Assault On Mapai - Neill Jackson, & Rick van Malsen

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September 6, 1979 a lone Puma helicopter flies northward, leaving behind the desolation of the battle for Mapai, in Mozambique's Gaza Province. Huddled in the cabin, two weary soldiers sit silently immersed in their own thoughts, contemplating their difficult duties ahead. WOII Graham Enslin, CSM, Support Commando, is struggling to come to terms with the death in action that morning...

Battle For Cassinga: South Africa's Controversial Cross-border Raid, Angola 1978 - Mike McWilliams

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 3 BATTLE FOR CASSINGA  Battle for Cassinga is written as a first-hand account by an ordinary South African paratrooper who was at the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, the armed wing of SWAPO. The book relates why the South African government took the political risk in attacking the fortress in an external operation and...

KLOPPIES: Die Verhaal van 'n Recce Operateur - Peet Coetzee

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Die verhaal van Jacob Schalk "Kloppies" Kloppers, 'n legendariese soldaat in die Spesiale Magte wereld. Ernstig gewond tydens Operasie Kerslig in 1981 waar hy ook die Honoris Crux vir dapperheid verower het, het sy loopbaan in die weermag voortgesit as 'n Spesiale Magte Operateur. Na bykans 20 jaar in die SAW, het hy vir die firma CJTVA gaan werk wat landmyne in...

Secret SAS Missions in Africa: C Squadrons Counter-Terrorist Operations 1968 - 1980 (Michael Graham )

R 550.00

This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service. Operating in Africa, the Squadron was involved in almost continuous counter communist terrorist operations over the period 1968 to 1980. In the unstable final stages of British colonial and white rule, the Squadron was never short of action. African nationalist movements, backed...

Diary of Operation Savannah - Paul J. Els

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This book celebrates the 40th anniversary of Operation Savannah and serves as memorabilia for all Operation Savannah veterans. Operation Savannah was the first major conventional war since World War Two whereby the SADF came to clash against a MPLA force supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba. Paperback, A5 size, 318 pages. 

Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade - The Philistines - Graham Gillmore

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Colonel Jan Breytenbach writes in the foreword: "On Ascension Day, 1978, a composite South African parachute battalion jumped onto the tactical HQ of SWAPO's PLAN army, based at Cassinga, 250 kilometres north of the Angolan border to destroy the facility, their logistics, and to wipe out a strong concentration of SWAPO guerrillas. The airborne assault, part of Operation Reindeer, was...

OPERATION LIGHTHOUSE: Intaf in the Rhodesian Bush War 1972–1980

R 700.00

From 1890 and throughout its history, the men of Internal Affairs were bound by an intense loyalty to each other, combined with a deep understanding of the tribal people in their charge. Their greatest strengths were individuality and self-reliance, strengths that were called upon to the fullest during the rebellions of 1896–97, and again in the conflict of the 1970s....

Shadows In The Sand: A Koevoet Tracker's Story Of An Insurgency War - Sisingi Kamongo & Leon Bezuidenhout

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This is the story of a Kavango tracker who served for six years with Koevoet ('Crowbar'), the elite South African Police anti-terrorist unit, during the South West African-Angolan bush war of the '80s. Most white team leaders lasted only two years; the black trackers walked the tracks for years. Sisingi Kamongo tells the story of the 50 or so firefights...

19 With A Bullet: A South African Paratrooper In Angola - Granger Korff

R 300.00

"A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff's two years' service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African 'bush war' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the 'standard' counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defense Force...

South Africa's Border War 1966-89 / Suid Afrika se Grensoorlog 1966-89 - Willem Steenkamp

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Of all the books about South Africa’s 21-year ‘Border War’ - fought on both sides of Angola’s frontier with present-day Namibia - South Africa’s Border War has always been rated as among the best. A significant, full-color volume, it originally sold 31,000 copies in South Africa alone and has been out of print for decades.  This version is the first...

Special Forces: Jam Stealer - Peet Coetzee

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Peet Coetzee grew up in a Military environment, in the days when Saracens and Panhards APC's, flat tin helmets and real soldiers could still be seen in Voortrekkerhoogte. His experience in the SADF began in 1963 and ended with him serving with his countries' best elite fighting forces;" The Recces" 464 Pages & photos. Published 2008

THE ELITE: The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service - Barbara Cole

R 550.00

The Rhodesian Special Air Service, one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world, operated almost exclusively across the borders during the long bitter bush war, undertaking deep-penetration missions against insurgents being harboured inside neighbouring Mozambique and Zambia. There were missions into Botswana too, and at one stage, SAS men were operating without benefit of passports in all three...

Three Sips Of Gin: Dominating The Battlespace With Rhodesia's Famed Selous Scouts - Tim Bax

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There is nothing that terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerrillas fighting Rhodesia's bush war in the 1970's more than the famed Selous Scouts. The very name of the unit struck fear into the very heart and soul of even the most battle-hardened guerillas. Too afraid to even whisper the name amongst themselves, they referred to soldiers of the unit simply as...

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